An Act To Protect the Health and Safety of First Responders
Sec. 1. 17-A MRSA §752-F is enacted to read:
§ 752-F. Willful exposure of a first responder to body fluids
Sec. 2. 22 MRSA §832-A is enacted to read:
§ 832-A. Emergency blood-borne pathogen testing
This bill makes it a crime for a person, knowing the person is infected with an aggressive blood-borne pathogen, to intentionally, knowingly or recklessly cause any of the person's body fluids to be exposed to a first responder while the first responder is performing official duties.
The bill also requires a person who has exposed that person's body fluids to a first responder in the course of the first responder's official duties to submit to a blood-borne pathogen test to test for aggressive blood-borne pathogens. If there is reasonable cause to suspect that the person's body fluids might contain such a pathogen, a justice, judge or justice of the peace may issue a search warrant to compel the person to submit to testing. Subsequent testing arising out of the same incident of exposure may also be conducted.